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Bonfire Brown - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Bonfire BrownBonfire Brown

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2012)
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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of beerhawk41
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

beerhawk41, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of breakingbland
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (marked 130218 749) into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured with a lively one-finger head of medium coarse bubbles that settled into a layer of foam. The color was a slightly cloudy brown.

Aroma: Bready, malty with some hops -- slightly more than might be expected for this style.

Taste: Black coffee predominates the taste, with some chocolate and hops. As the beer warms-up, the malt comes to the forefront as it should. Grapefruit hops lingers.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was a little coarse but becomes more pleasant as the beer lingers on the tongue. The body of the beer is medium light.

Overall: A fairly good flavor profile -- not overly complex or terribly interesting, but good. I'll have this one again as it is a very drinkable beer. The taste definitely improves on warming-up: At too cold a temperature, the coffee taste component is rather bitter. (The importance of serving temperature is something I'm learning to appreciate.)

breakingbland, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Bettyloug
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Bettyloug, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Rayek, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Sparky44, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a nice brown color. a touch hazy. a bit of a tan head that fades away

Smell: toasty malts, maybe a hint of caramel malts as well

Taste: a touch smokey toasty malts. a hint of sweetness. low complexity

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter and moderate feel

Overall: a decent brown. lacks complexity or much that would make this stand out

SportsandJorts, Jul 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

asweet, Jul 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Rihup, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Nihilistkid
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Nihilistkid, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

imperialking, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Rohkey
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Rohkey, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of JVoyager
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

JVoyager, May 29, 2013
Photo of hackmann
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I don’t know it is all foam. One inch of brown liquid and a four finger tan head and that was on a gentle pour. This is one foamy beer – went to pour the last inch of beer from the bottle, once my glass was half done, and wow explosion of foam. All over the table; the foam was pouring out of the glass like lava coming out of a volcano; it just would not stop foaming.

Aroma: toasted grains, mild-medium roast coffee, lightly toasted sugar,

Flavors: medium roast coffee, toasted grains, roasted caramel malt, some dark chocolate likeness, and a little toasted sugar

Mouthfeel: super fizzy carbonation (something is wrong with this ale), very dry finish, toasted grains linger on the palate

To the Point: Toasty is the word to describe this ale. A very nice and toasty brown ale. I just want one with 75% less carbonation. I would try this again. The flavors are nice.

hackmann, May 21, 2013
Photo of bob_d_j
4/5  rDev +9.3%

bob_d_j, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense glowing caramel brown body with a thin light beige head that last for a good bit and a few strands of microbubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- The deep toasted dry malt aroma has some lighter toasted malt notes underneath and a fresh biscuit and grain hint to it.

T- The nice slightly dry lightly toasted malt has some breakfast roasted coffee coming through and a fresh dry grain taste aswell. There is a deeper toasted malt hint in the finish. There are some mellow yet complex malt flavors that linger after each sip aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat notice.

O- This is a great brown ale with lots of nice complexity and depth aswellas a good freshness. This is a really nice session beer.

rhoadsrage, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear walnut, forming a modest light tan head with ok retention and sparse lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.25 carbs. The nose is nice...definite walnut and hazelnut (almost like extract was added), vanilla, carob, minimal hop presence, mild dark fruit, and bread crust. When swirled, I get this odd peaty manure smell. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lightly roasted astringency. Taste is of rye bread crust, walnuts, a surprising herbal hop flavor, medium bitterness, a clean ferment, slight chalkiness, and a leathery/woody finish. No appreciable off flavors or aromas. Some reviewers are mentioning smoke in their reviews, but I get none.

I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this is one of the best I've had in a long time. A wonderful example of the style. Complex yet very drinkable. Highly recommended. I'll have to go pick up some more of these.

Mitchster, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/3/2013. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toffee, toast, cocoa, light nuttiness, light roast, brown bread, light smoke, and floral hops. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malty notes, with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cocoa, brown bread, smoke, light char, light nuttiness, light coffee, floral, and light pine. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, light char, toast, brown bread, coffee, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of robust dark malt flavors; with a nice moderate hop balance; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an damn nice brown ale. Nice balance and complexity of robust dark malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. I don’t think I’ve had a smoked brown before, but this was very well done; very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 16, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Rusty, ruby, and BBQ brown mix. Faint residual foam after the pour left a small light tan head. The beer is to dark and hazey to see any bubbling.

Roasty, toasty, a little yeasty sweetness, and just a dash of smoke make up this timid aroma.

A little coffee, dark roasted bread crust and biscuits. A little pine needle hop bitterness adds a little twang t this malt brew. The finish has just a hint of lingering smoke. Easy to drink, good carbonation on the palate. This is a flavorful session beer.

scruffwhor, Jan 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Glen0matiC, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, smooth brown…light tan head, about 1.5 inches thick…a nice looking and very inviting brown…(4/5)

Smell: A great smell here…it does need some “warming” to get the full aroma, but there is a lively smell going on…dark, roasted and sweet malts are the obvious backbone for this ale…there’s hints of chocolate and cream...a really pleasant aroma…(4/5)

Taste: A pale, smoked malt…has an earthy, nutty, creamy flavor in the middle…tons of smoke and roasted malt flavor throughout the drink…some toffee, chocolate and coffee hints mixed in…there’s a creamy astringent bitterness towards the end…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: A very light, medium bodied brew…medium carbonation that does form, but doesn’t linger…smooth and crisp for a brown, not very rich…(3.25/5)

Overall: I often say, “good, not great” and this one fits that bill…the flavor is good, standard brown, but it’s not full bodied enough for my taste…the smell is fantastic, I wish the flavor was more like it, a bit more chocolate and cream…it’s a light, creamy brown that is very drinkable but not outstanding or memorable…I would drink this again and am beginning to get the urges to visit this brewery first hand, as this is now the second Saugatuck beer that was good…(3.5/5)

SerialHiker, Jan 18, 2013
Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.